Community relations might have a taken a bit of a hit, but it was all in good taste in the end.
Langtree Charter Academy’s girls and boys basketball teams stepped up and stepped in to fill open dates with international teams representing Australia.
With teams from Australia’s Sunshine Coast Phoenix programs in the area and seeking to engage in some friendly competition, Langtree Charter filled vacancies in the playing schedule on a somewhat sudden basis.
As it turned out, it was all in favor the host squads in more ways than one.
To open the single night’s twinbill of play, the Langtree Charter girls teams preserved its season’s overall undefeated record courtesy of a 61-51 triumph over the Aussies entry.
Then, during the doubleheader’s nightcap, the Langtree Charter Lions team rattled off an 87-62 defeat to polish off the sweep.
Still, it was all in good faith as it turned out on the part of both parties involved.
“We got lucky to have them play us,’’ said Andrew Smith, director of athletics at LCA. “They have a few teams drop them at the last minute due to scheduling restrictions. They knew our girls team was good, so they looked us up. From there, got a guy’s game scheduled, too.”
The Langtree Charter’s girls team, it improved to the 8-0 mark for the season overall.
They were paced by the 25 points posted by Seraiah Davis to headline a trio of players in the double digit category.
Emerie Tillman tallied 15 points, while Adaje Williams pitched in with her 10 points.
In the boys contest, a total of 12 members of the LCA Lions chimed in with points of some sort to help anchor the winning charge.
Jordan Garness paved the way with his 29 points, while Jordan Wyke chimed in with 20 points and Dylan Madison checked in with a 14-point performance.
“We won both games,’’ said Smith, “and the teams were very thankful and polite. Overall, it was a great experience for everyone involved. We will be looking to do it again in the future if at all possible.”